04:04:20:18 VS men working on skyscraper construction site in New York City. Construction workers in hardhats; steel beams, cranes; sparks from welding.
04:08:20:19 VS construction workers in hardhats mixing and pouring concrete.
04:09:28:09 Construction workers with harnesses working on steel beams of skyscraper towering precariously over New York City skyline. Building the Pan Am (now MetLife) building.
04:09:47:07 Two construction workers on top story of skyscraper pulling in large slab of concrete delivered by crane; New York City down below.
04:09:51:11 Man welding on top of skyscraper. Central Park and Upper West Side of Manhattan visible below.
04:09:53:15 CU hammering nail.
04:10:18:26 Low angle unfinished Pan Am building (now Metropolitan Life).
04:10:29:07 VS inside unfinished Pan Am building; bare frame of building, concrete and steel; CU pipes; CU sign “Danger High Voltage.”
04:10:56:02 Camera lead by flashlight down dark concrete wall hallway dimly lit by bare bulbs; camera passes sign with arrow “200 Park Ave. Building Office.”
04:11:38:11 Statue of Erwin Wolfson developer of the Pan Am building project.
04:12:04:21 1970s futuristic circular information desk in Pan Am building. Undulating white walls with Pan Am sign and map of world; everything in white.
04:12:27:22 Pan Am building shot from below towering over Grand Central Station.
04:13:04:09 VS of New York City from atop the Pan Am building.
04:14:06:27 VS interior of NYC abandoned office building in ruins; corridor with torn down walls, floor littered with debris; CU phone with rotary dials covered in dust; CU chair pulled out from desk covered in dust on floor littered with drywall debris and papers; CU four desk drawers cascading outward; CU dusty drawer of index cards; empty waste basket with paper and dust littered on surrounding floor.
04:14:28:16 CU man’s boots and drill breaking up concrete and brick
04:14:31:15 VS demolition men demolishing old office building in New York City.
04:14:51:08 Great VS man sitting on steel beam of demolished building frame with protective glasses, backward cap, and cigarette in mouth, cutting steel beam with torch.
04:15:12:27 VS construction workers working on rails in subway tunnel.
04:16:55:02 VS steel beams lifted by crane; fitting beams into building frame.
04:17:51:06 Two builders in construction helmets, one smoking cigarette, installing floor on high up floor of building; overlooking NYC.
04:18:55:188 VS CU machine parts: fuses; copper wire winding in machine; wires and circuits.
04:19:13:10 Pan over downtown area of New York City from high elevation into the Pan Am building in process of being built.
04:23:07:19 Great shot of construction worker crossing top of Pan Am building frame with long wood plank; Empire state building centered in frame in background, framed within Pan Am building steel frame.
04:23:16:20 Top of Pan Am building under construction. Top of Chrysler building peaking over horizon of Pan Am building.
04:23:19:11 VS sculptor sculpting face of Erwin Wolfson.
04:23:34:04 Brown elevator door opens; young professional looking men and women in coats exit elevator.
June 15, 2016 Subject:
Film within a Film of City Within a City
Film about the building of the Pan Am Skyscraper would be interesting in itself, even though it's silent. It's got a lot of cool construction footage, as well as great shots, both exterior and interior of the finished product. (Even though it's somewhat jumbled up). The real story though in this film, is why there's negative dupe scenes of a film stuck in there, complete with magnetic sound stripe (and that's silent too). It starts in the beginning, then the Pan-Am movie, then goes back to the negative dupe, then the dupe reel ends and we go back to the Pan Am film for quite a while. The Negative dupe comes back for one more visit later on in the film though. (and during the past 5 mins, there's lots of dirty leader with minimal Pan-Am film). So what's up with THAT? Luckily, a split second of title leader reveals this movie as "China Gate" which, as IMDB tells us, was directed by Sam Fuller and starred Jack Barry (!!) and Angie Dickenson (!!!!) (I was actually close in MY initial guess, I thought it was "The World Of Suzie Wong"). So this is totally interesting, and you're guess is as good as mine why the this reel is what it is.